In case you were wondering, nuclear waste is terrible for the planet. And one of hardest to clean components of nuclear waste is the radioactive ion cesium. Luckily, we have some good news on the nuclear waste and cesium front.
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a synthetic material, which is composed of “layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound,” that can actually isolate the cesium, and then snap shut (like a Venus Fly Trap). The result is the containment of harmful cesium, without also sequestering other elements such as sodium. Keep fighting the green fight Northwestern!
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Scientists Develop New Material Which 'Traps' Nuclear Waste
1. Nuclear Waste Containment - The development of a synthetic material that isolates harmful cesium presents an opportunity for disruptive innovation in nuclear waste containment.
2. Venus Fly Trap Inspired Materials - The use of Venus Fly Trap-inspired materials opens up possibilities for innovative solutions in various fields, including waste management and pollution control.
3. Selective Element Isolation - The ability to selectively isolate specific elements like cesium without affecting others allows for disruptive advancements in environmental protection and hazardous material handling.
1. Environmental Technology - The development of new materials for nuclear waste containment creates opportunities for disruption in the environmental technology industry.
2. Materials Science - Venus Fly Trap-inspired materials offer potential disruptive innovations in the field of materials science, with applications in diverse sectors such as aerospace and construction.
3. Nuclear Energy - The discovery of a material capable of isolating radioactive cesium presents disruptive opportunities within the nuclear energy industry for improved waste management and safety measures.